The Definitive Collection

The Definitive Collection

by Buddy HollyBuddy Holly


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2006's The Definitive Collection replaces 1996's Greatest Hits as the best available single-disc Buddy Holly collection on the market, and it replaces 1985's From the Original Master Tapes as the best single-disc Buddy Holly CD yet released. At 26 tracks, it's eight songs longer than the 1996 set and six songs longer than the 1985 set, so it's more comprehensive than either of the previous discs, adding such strong relative obscurities as "Midnight Shift" to the standard hits that form the bulk of this collection. Listeners who want a more thorough retrospective should turn to 2005's double-disc Gold, which is nearly twice as long, but The Definitive Collection has all of Holly's major songs -- "That'll Be the Day," "Words of Love," "Not Fade Away," "Everyday," "Oh Boy!," "Peggy Sue," "Maybe Baby," "Rave On," "Well...All Right," and "Think It Over," among others -- in one thoroughly entertaining package, which makes it a terrific overview and introduction of one of the greatest rockers in history.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/18/2006
Label: Geffen Records
UPC: 0602498820988
catalogNumber: 000471002

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buddy Holly   Primary Artist,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
George Barnes   Guitar
Caiola   Guitar
Tommy Allsup   Guitar
Sonny Curtis   Guitar
Grady Martin   Rhythm Guitar
Norman Petty   Organ
Sam "The Man" Taylor   Tenor Saxophone
Jerry Allison   Percussion,Drums
Maurice Bialkin   Cello
Maurice Brown   Cello
Panama Francis   Drums
Ray Free   Violin
Ernie Hayes   Piano
Julius Held   Violin
Douglas Kirkham   Drums
Phil Kraus   Drums
Leo Kruczek   Violin
Leonard Posner   Violin
Abraham Richman   Tenor Saxophone
David Schwartz   Viola
Irving Spice   Violin
Niki Sullivan   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Roses   Background Vocals,Overdubs
David Bingham   Background Vocals,Overdubs
Don Guess   Bass
Howard Kay   Viola
Bob Lapham   Background Vocals,Overdubs
Bob Linville   Background Vocals,Overdubs
Vi Petty   Piano,Celeste
Bill Pickering   Background Vocals,Overdubs
John Pickering   Background Vocals,Overdubs
Larry Welborn   Bass
Bob "Crow" Clarke   Drums
Paul Winter Consort   Violin
Chernet   Guitar
Gary Tollet   Background Vocals
Ramona Tollet   Background Vocals
June Clark   Background Vocals
Robert Harter   Background Vocals
Sanford Block   Bass
Robert Bollinger   Background Vocals
Abby Hoffer   Background Vocals
Merril Ostrus   Background Vocals
George Atwood   Bass
Ray Bush's BBC Jazz   Background Vocals,Overdubs
Donald Armone   Rhythm Guitar
Herbert Bourne   Violin
Helen Way Singers   Background Vocals
Clifford Leman   Drums
William Marine   Background Vocals
Joe Maudlin   Bass

Technical Credits

Paul Anka   Composer
Bobby Darin   Composer
Buddy Holly   Composer
Sonny Curtis   Composer
Woody Harris   Composer
Norman Petty   Composer,Producer
Jerry Allison   Composer
Billy Altman   Liner Notes
Owen Bradley   Producer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Dick Jacobs   Producer,Orchestra Director
Joe Mauldin   Composer
Niki Sullivan   Composer
Bob Thiele   Producer
Glenn A. Baker   Inlay Photography
Bobby Montgomery   Composer
Earl Bud Lee   Composer
Sonny LeGlaire   Composer
Horace Linsley   Composer
Sonny West   Composer
Beth Stempel   Producer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination

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